Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control
This course provides a general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses. By the end of this course, you should be able to describe:
- The nature of emerging respiratory viruses, how to detect and assess an outbreak, strategies for preventing and controlling outbreaks due to novel respiratory viruses;
- What strategies should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent and respond to the emergence of a novel respiratory virus.
There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic.
Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: Introduction:
This brief introduction provides an overview of emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.
Module A: Introduction to Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:
Overall learning objective: To be able to explain why a emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are a global threat to human health
Module B: Detecting Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:
Surveillance and Laboratory investigation:Overall learning objective: To describe how to detect and assess an emerging respiratory virus outbreak
Module C: Risk Communication and Community Engagement:
Overall learning objective: To describe what strategies should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent and respond to COVID-19
Module D: Preventing and Responding to an emerging respiratory virus, including COVID-19:
Overall learning objective: To describe strategies for preventing and controlling emerging respiratory pathogens, including coronavirus outbreaks.
The course is free. Just register for an account on OpenWHO and take the course!
Certification / Credits
Describe the fundamental principles of emerging respiratory viruses and how to effectively respond to an outbreak.
No certificate available at this time.
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